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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 10, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello Camaro owners

Am not yet a camaro owner - anticipating to be.
Dad has a 1968 convertible, straight-6, nearly all other features are original standard options. Car is in very good condition for age, no work done to it, always shedded, all original, dusty & maybe some rust.

I do not have any particular plans for this car, but might want to make it a project. Am ok mechanically, but never much more than replacing 1970 & 1980's starter, alternator, etc on other cars - no body work, engine or transmission work.

Here are my questions -- if I take ownership of this car:

1) Should I just restore it to better ma & pa condition without doing any modification to engine, transmission, etc....is this best option?

2- If I wanted to replace the straight 6 - auto transmission, can I? Best fit 8 cylinder? What if I wanted to go wild with restoration, would things fit very well to change engines, transmission, etc?

3)- If major restoration/modification is possible, what would be the range of price I'd be likely to pay for conversion to small or big block w/transmission, etc (complete job done by professional)?

4) Not sure what to do...wife & I would sure enjoy summer driving, likely to not be going to shows, other than maybe small town parade.

Thanks for your opinions. Joe newbie.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 10, 07:02 PM
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Greetings from Arizona
I'm #2 owner of mine...its a driver that I did my way...350/77r4 trans/10 bolt posi. converted to disc brakes for safty. we do shows' get togathers with friends, and have put on picnics for friends and other car nuts. Its your choice of what your want..if car is all orginal then you may want to keep it that way and restore back to better then orginal
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Welcome, Joe.
1) Yes, the best option. It ain't broke, don't fix it. If the decision is made to keep it in the present configuration, fix the "moles/warts" on the ol' girl, strip off as much chrome/moldings as you can, and give her a new skin color. Polish the original moldings and reinstall. Replace the worn items in the interior. Importantly, keep as much of ther original items as you can.

2)Yes, a SBC, usually a crate engine, will fit after the 6-cyl frame mounts are exchanged for V8 mounts and change the front springs. Going to a 3-spd auto trans, aka, TH350, will give up three forward gears for better acceleration and is a simple swap. Installing a TH200-R4 will give you overdrive and some crossmember/driveshaft mods will be needed.

3)Talk it over with the shop of your choice.

Myself, I'd leave the girl as in #1. Nothing makes a statement better than an original equipped vehicle and the 'patina' she has received over the years. However, she is or will be your car and you're asking opinions from others on what to do. Good luck.

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Welcome to the TC Crew, Joe.

Ev made some great suggestions...if ya going for the power, the 350 is the way to go...or a 383 build up. If the body's in good shape , no bubbles anywhere, keep the orig paint, unless there's too many touch ups.

Sounds like you're gonna farm out most of the work...ie. paint, new mill, tranny...and if you do, it could become pretty costly!

You have a vert which is a good thing, providing that the rockers are in good shape...but does the car have any sought after options? AM/FM radio, AC, sports wheel, head rests, RS package, etc.?


Bottom line: Get more than one quote on any of the the work... lots of referrences, and it may take some pretty deep pockets to complete all that you want to do. So, sometimes better to keep the sixer the way she is. IMO

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Welcome to Team Camaro - I agree with Everette -- if the car is in good running order, clean it up and drive it as-is. That approach will give you time to do some research to help you decide what you want to do in the long-term

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where in MN are you? I agree with others. If its running good, keep the 6 banger, clean it up and drive the tires off it as is. Hang around the Mpls Camaro club too if you can. Im to far away but they are a nice group of folks.

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Only my opinion but as long as you are asking,
There is nothing more interesting than a 6 cylinder first gen.
Everybody has a v8
I spend way more time looking under the hood of a 6 at a car show. Just sooo cool.
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